The programme is taught in the Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology where you will have the opportunity to explore not only the classical civilisations of Greece and Rome, but also the cultures of Egypt and Ancient Western Asia, as well as the Byzantine Empire.
You will learn in a variety of different contexts, such as lectures, seminars, interactive workshops, independent research and field trips. In your second year, with financial support from the University, you will have the opportunity to take up a unique two-week Study Tour where you will develop a research project and travel with fellow students to countries such as Italy and Greece to visit sites, monuments and museums of interest to you.
You will be supported by outstanding library resources, and have access to departmental facilities including a small study library and the Classics museum.
Why study this course
Excellent employability - 85% of our Classical Literature and Civilisation graduates enter work, or full time study, within six months of graduation.
Taught by experts – you will study alongside some of the finest minds within the Department. The Classics Department was ranked in the top five Russell Group departments in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.
Highly rated department - The Department is ranked in the Top Ten in the Guardian 2015 university league table for Ancient History and Classics.
Study tour – Our unique two-week Study Tour gives you the opportunities to plan and undertake travel to countries such as Italy and Greece to visit sites, monuments and museums.
Be part of an exciting department – The Department provides a diverse range of opportunities to enrich your student experience. For example, students have been involved in the Classics in the Community Project, working with teachers on developing new ways of telling ancient stories.
You will study the literature and history of the Greco-Roman world, and choose from options to study Greek or Latin language, or the cultures of Egypt and Ancient Western Asia or Byzantium. You may choose to take modules in Archaeology or take modules outside Classics.
Our core modules take you to the heart of the cultures of Athens and Rome: In Rome, you will be immersed in the age of Cicero and the dying days of the Roman republic, studying authors such as Catullus, Sallust and Lucretius as well as the many and varied works of Cicero himself. In Athens, the tragedies and comedies of the great Greek dramatists will bring to life the soul of Athens’ participatory democracy. You will also be able to choose from our unique range of options in literature, culture, language, myth, religion, art, philosophy, archaeology and history. A special feature of the second year is the study tour to Greece or Italy in the Easter vacation. The trip is subsidised by the university.
The highlight of the final year is your dissertation: a substantial research project, developed in collaboration with your supervisor, on a subject of special interest to you. In addition to this, you make free choices from our unique range of options. If you studied a language, you have now gained expertise in this, and are able to read and translate a wide repertoire of texts.
Students who have achieved grades of 2.1 or above in their first year will have the opportunity to take a year abroad between their second and final year at one of a wide range of carefully selected partner institutions from around the world. In addition to the tutor support given from the host University, students who choose to take a Year Abroad will be allocated a member of staff from the Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology who will monitor their progress while overseas through email and Skype contact.
Fees and funding
Number of A levels required: 3
Typical offer: ABB
General Studies: accepted
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 34 points
Other qualifications are considered – learn more about entry requirements
Standard English language requirements apply
Learn more about international entry requirements.
Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in the Birmingham Foundation Academy, a specially structured programme for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on the foundation academy web pages.
How to apply
Joint Honours combinations
You can study Classical Literature and Civilisation as part of a Joint Honours degree with the following subjects:
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